JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Pizzeria Toro, Durham. Nice to see some Green Man stuff every now and again, and a couple pints of this went down well. Nice lustrous orange pour, with a silky head. Soft English hops and substantial malts in the nose, definitely leaning strongly in the direction of leaf tea. Nice and smooth in the mouthfeel, not overly bitter on the palate. Not particularly full-flavored and aggressive in the way that’s standard for IPAs these days, so it’s certainly a relatively toned down example of the style (despite the commerical description) and that’s no bad thing.
rangerred (913) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - AUG 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a hazy dark copper with just a thin white head. Decent lacing, however, and a thin off-white cap on top of the beer.
Aroma is very earthy with plenty of hints of toast and caramel. Some pine and overripe orange as well. Pretty good.
The flavor has more of the piney earthiness expected from an English IPA. Nothing tropical at all about this. Just the slightest hint of fruit but it is more of the overripe variety. Bitterness is moderate to high but not too excessive. Lingering bitterness in the finish with a slight sweetness.
Overall, this is a good, albeit fairly run of the mill, English IPA. Nice earthiness from the hops but lacks a bit of the maltiness complexity found in other examples. All in all a good beer.
jackl (4559) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 5, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample during RBWG Day 2, Asheville. Light amber color with a modest head. Peach and apple tart. Summery fruits. Toasty malt, accents of caramel. White peaches and apple. Simple stuff. Light bitterness, easy to drink. Soft carbonation. OK.
Mora2000 (5650) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange-amber pour with a white head. The aroma has some resinous pine notes as well as some biscuit malt and toffee. The flavor is similar. There is a good bit of pine with some toffee, caramel and a hint of orange. The hops really come through nicely and add a decent amount of bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
PorterPounder (5446) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Asheville, NC - Bruisin’ Ales - 12 oz bottle. Medium copper pour, slightly hazy, wispy snow white head that sticks around a while. Aroma is earthy and green with some light piney accents. Flavor is delectable with some light toffee and caramel, pleasant hoppiness not overblown with too much sticky citrus - just enough. Back end has some malty biscuit-like bready notes. Nice, slightly sticky mouthfeel. Pretty solid.
jandd1983 (2529) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 7, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Jack of the Wood. It poured a hazy dark golden color with an off-white head. The aroma was of citrus and hay with a malty backend. The taste was of hops, lemon, straw, and a lightly acidic bitter finish.
TylerGreenDC (287) - - MAY 26, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draft. Dense lacing. Flavors of good, but also honey malts, and it is these that win out. Probably too much so... but ask me again in the fall.
nellycale (183) - Caledonia, Minnesota, USA - MAR 24, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From bottle. Pours an amber hue with a small off-white head. Light aroma, earthy hops,some floral aspects, a metallic hint, bready, and caramel. Taste is same with decent but subtle hops, touches of earthy, floral, and citrus, balanced towards malty with doughiness and caramel. Ok
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Johnsense (776) - - MAR 20, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber pour, decent sized head. Toffee, woody, malt forward. Maybe a bit earthy. Slightly metallic as well. Medium body. Bottle may have some age on it.
davidajensen (206) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 28, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Don’t really consider this an English style, as the label says. It smells a bit like toffee. The malt is interesting - milder than an English style, and finishes cleanly. Not bad, but not my favorite.
phaleslu (6335) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 24, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at the brewery, served in a taster. Pours a semi-cloudy bright gold with a small eggshell colored head that leaves spots of lace. Notes of grass, florals, citrus, and hay - simple and bitter. Light-bodied, with a dry mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Better than the 1914, but still fell a little short of expectations.